Is it possible to increase the contrast between normal text and hyperlink text?

In this example, you can barely tell the difference... the words "Slip Rings" are a hyperlink:

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It's not obvious until you roll your mouse over it and the underline appears. Maybe have a permanent underline?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Agreed! Really, I think contrast across the site could stand to be improved. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 24, 2011 at 15:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ For me it is this and the title headers are not very clear, I think I prefer them bolded. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Mar 24, 2011 at 23:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk: If you make hyperlinks bold, then wouldn't that be confusing if someone wanted to highlight a non-hyperlinked phrase by making it bold? \$\endgroup\$
    – BG100
    Mar 25, 2011 at 10:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ @BG100, sorry, I added a second note at the same time. When I use header tags like <h3></h3> I think they are not as clear anymore, almost looking like text. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Mar 25, 2011 at 10:35
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    \$\begingroup\$ I'll make some tweaks. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jin
    Mar 25, 2011 at 22:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Jin, thanks! That would be great. Can you also take a moment on the headers? \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Mar 27, 2011 at 23:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ @kortuk I don't think the question header needs to be styled. Since contextually it's different from a body text link. If you're already on the question page, chances are you rarely click on the question title text. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jin
    Mar 29, 2011 at 21:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ @jin, I often use <h1><h2><h3> tags to distinguish headers in an answer. On this answer I used the header just to section of the information for the reader and it is very hard to tell which sections are titles. It blends in and loses its advantage. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Mar 29, 2011 at 22:39
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk, sorry I misunderstood before. I thought you were talking about the main question title header text. I have made the body section header text(h1-4) bold. You'll see the changes in the next deployment. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jin
    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ @jin, I figured out the communication issue and got an example SO style. Thanks for helping! \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Mar 30, 2011 at 3:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Kortuk - You can also prefix your headers with #, ##, or ### (equivalent to H1, H2, and H3 respectively) to get the same effect. \$\endgroup\$ Mar 30, 2011 at 19:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ @reemrevnivek, thanks for the info. I normally spend all my time on the answer and almost none on the formating, just use basic HTML tags, but that saves time. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kortuk
    Mar 31, 2011 at 0:53

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I made the links inside of the question/answer body to be underlined. The change will be in the next production deployment.

  • \$\begingroup\$ @Jin - Maybe your monitor or your eyes are better able to distingush colors better than mine, but I still cannot identify in comments on the parent site. Why didn't you extend this change to comments? \$\endgroup\$ May 5, 2011 at 21:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Jin - More to the point, could you please make this change? \$\endgroup\$ May 5, 2011 at 21:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ @reem i made the comment links lighter. the change will be in the next deployment. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jin
    May 6, 2011 at 5:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Jin - Thanks! Much better now. \$\endgroup\$ May 6, 2011 at 19:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Jin - You left the a:visited color dark. This question suggests that this should also be changed. Sorry to keep bugging you about this... \$\endgroup\$ May 17, 2011 at 21:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ @reemrevnivek i'll fix that too. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jin
    May 17, 2011 at 23:32

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